3 Big Questions for GoTo (Gojek + Tokopedia)(2 of 2)(Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

In Part 1, I laid out some basic theory about marketplace platforms for services, which is a fascinating interesting subject. And it is much more complicated than marketplaces for products. Ecommerce for services just has a much longer development pathway. As ecommerce and marketplaces move into more complicated services, such as medical care, legal and […]

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Will GoTo “Win it All” in Indonesia? (Tech Strategy – Podcast 123)

This week’s podcast is newly public GoTo, which is an interesting business model combining a platform for products (Tokopedia) with one for services (Gojek). You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. —— Related articles: 3 Big Questions for GoTo (Gojek + Tokopedia) Going Forward (2 of 2)(Winning Tech Strategy – Daily Article) […]

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Stone Is Building a Digital-Physical Hybrid for Payments in Brazil (3 of 3) (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

In Part 2, I laid out the story of Stone Company, a Brazilian digital native that is building out payment, financial and enterprise services for SMEs. My basic take was: I like the company’s basic value proposition (payment plus working capital services) for smaller merchants, especially compared to what they get from local banks. I […]

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Berkshire-Invested Stone Co Has Now Dropped +80% in 2021 (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 109)

This week’s podcast is Brazilian Stone Company (STNE), the Berkshire Hathaway-invested payment platform that has fallen in share price by +80%. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here is my new book (released December 1): Moats and Marathons (Part 1): How to Build and Measure Competitive Advantage in Digital Businesses Kindle Edition […]

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Don’t Go Gaga Over Shein’s “Ultra-Fast Fashion” Model. It’s Mostly a Low-Priced DTC Apparel Story. (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

Take-Away 1: Chinese ecommerce company Shein is reaching Amazon-level downloads in the US. With similar numbers reported in other countries. And possibly 100% annual revenue growth, reaching $10B in 2020. Something important is going on in US-China ecommerce. Take-Away 2: With reports of +1,000 new products being added to Shein every day, there is a […]

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China’s New OMO Platforms: Alibaba, Sun Art and Beike (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 79)

This week’s podcast is about online-merge-offline (OMO) platforms. A business model that is just emerging in China. I talk about Sun Art Retail and Beike / Lianjia as examples. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. Here is the BCG article I mentioned. —–   Related podcasts and articles are: Lianjia and […]

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The Pros and Cons of Farfetch’s Global Luxury Marketplace (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

In my previous article on Farfetch, I asked the question of whether Alibaba or another Chinese company might buy the company – and at what price. And I did a brief introduction on Private Market Value (PMV). Which is basically a take-over price. Is Alibaba (or Another Chinese Company) Going to Buy Farfetch? (Jeff’s Asia […]

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JD and Competitive Advantages vs. Entry Barriers in China Retail (Daily Lesson – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

A final short discussion about this week’s lecture / podcast on JD vs. Alibaba. And how they compete on different factors. The talk is located here: JD vs. Alibaba: How Retailers and Marketplace Platforms Compete and Evolve in China (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 18) I expanded on this in yesterday’s Daily Lesson, where […]

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How Huawei Is Turning Smart Cities Into Operating Systems (1 of 2)

I keep an eye out for digital phenomena where China / Asia is on the frontier. We’ve seen this sort of digital leadership in mobile apps, mobile payments and e-commerce. And after meeting with head of smart cities at Huawei, I am convinced we are seeing the same phenomenon in smart cities. Below is my […]